Students Mourn

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

January 3, 2007

16-year-old Stephanie Nicole Nelson was killed this weekend in a car accident. Today her class mates and teachers are left picking up the pieces.

“We've lost a love one, I’ve lost one of my students, we've lost one of our classmates,” said Fluvanna County High School Principal, James Barlow.

A loss Principal Barlow says can't be replaced, only remembered.

As students file into school Wednesday morning they won't be facing their loss alone.

“We have put out all of our guidance counselors and psychologists and they're in the hallways,” Barlow added.

Sunday night, Stephanie was killed after her car rolled over on West River Road. State Police are still investigating the accident, but they say Stephanie was not wearing a seat belt.

“My goal was that we could go a year without a tragedy as far as a car accident at Fluvanna High School. This has happened every year I’ve been here and this is my forth year,” Barlow said.

Principal Barlow said he has already talked to driver education instructors, about relaying the importance of safety to students, but for Stephanie Nelson and her family, it’s too late.

“I have a 16-year old son and he's in the process of learning to drive. I can't even imagine how they feel, but I can imagine how I would feel if something like that was to happen to him.

The school said Stephanie was an honor roll student and will be remembered for her smiling face.

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